IDES OF GEMINI Unveil Chilling New Video For “Strange Fruit” Cover Via Revolver Magazine

May 09 2015

Los Angeles’ IDES OF GEMINI released the brand new and exclusive Carthage/Strange Fruit 7″ via Magic Bullet Records last month in honor of Record Store Day.

Side A begins with the lingering resonances of “Carthage.” Commencing with the doomy, acoustic summoning of souls of a barren world, the band goes full tilt into their eclectic brand of overdriven power and command, charging onward and upward through forest and sky, dragging the doomed, sorrowful carcass of humanity itself into light. Side B offers up one of the most stunning and emotionally stirring covers of “Strange Fruit” ever put to tape. Written as a poem by Abel Meeropol in 1937, and set to music famously by Billie Holiday in 1939, the song stems from Meeropol’s original protest piece against the racial lynchings that marred the early 20th century in America. It has been covered many times over since – including versions by Nina Simone, Lou Rawls, Annie Lennox, Jeff Buckley, Siouxsie And The Banshees, Diana Ross, Tori Amos, and countless others. IDES OF GEMINI dug deep on this one, perfecting a uniquely somber and haunting arrangement the poem/song has simply never seen.

In celebration of this moving piece of history, the band has crafted a haunting visual accompaniment to their reinterpretation of the tune. The solemn video was directed by singer/bassist Sera Timms, also of West Coast dark-psych unit Black Mare, who elaborates, “The first time I ever heard ‘Strange Fruit,’ I was immediately taken by the powerful imagery in the lyrics before I even knew the historical implications of them. Though this song was written as a protest against racism, it seems to me to conjure a deep mournfulness for the violent atrocities that all people continue to commit against one another, with racism being a very potent example…sadly more so today than ever.”

View the poignant clip, hosted by Revolver Magazine, at THIS LOCATION.

Welcome: WAILIN’ STORMS

May 08 2015

[photo by Mark Maya]We’d like to formally welcome North-Carolina-by-Texas’ WAILIN’ STORMS to Magic Bullet Records.

Please stay tuned for the full length debut One Foot in the Flesh Grave, out this summer. Sounds: soon…

ZEX: Thirty-Eight-City US Invasion By Ottawa Punks Begins Today

May 06 2015

In support of their debut LP, Fight For Yourself, Ottawa, Ontario-based punk outfit ZEXbegins their most extensive American tour yet, as the US Invasion gets underway today.

With a Fall 2014 tour of Canada, and the Wanderlust Tour through Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand in February and March, ZEX now brings their new anthems to fans across the US with the nearly forty-city US Invasion. Beginning tonight, Tuesday, May 5th in Albany, New York, the trek will trample its way across most of the US, including one show in Mexico, until wrapping-up in Buffalo, New York on June 13th. ZEX will also be bearing their brand new 7” single called “Fear No Man” on the tour.

Fight For Yourself is out now worldwide via Magic Bullet Records on all digital platforms, slipcase CD and now with both black and clear pressings 12” wax. Physical copies of Fight For Yourself can be obtained via Magic Bullet Records HERE, and the digital HERE.

Catch up on the band’s heavy propaganda campaign in support of Fight For Yourself with their official video for “Wanderlust” at THIS LOCATION, “Fight For Yourself” HERE, “Savage City” HERE, and the band’s recent tribute to fallen friend/drummer Vassil Mester RIGHT HERE.

Channeling traditional heavy metal leads into their classic early punk rock approach, ZEX’s Fight For Yourself drops ten insatiably infectious and fully unruly anthems, the album recorded at Meatlocker Studio with Paul Yogi Granger in Ottawa and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege in Portland. With a solid fanbase and buzz already going for them due to heavy widespread touring and a diehard worth ethic, the band independently released Fight For Yourself in Canada, which caught the attention of Magic Bullet Records, who officially re-released Fight For Yourself with proper distribution to the international masses.

ZEX US Invasion:

5/05/2015 Low Beat – Albany, NY [info]
5/06/2015 Hotel Vernon, Worcester, MA [info]
5/07/2015 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA [info]
5/08/2015 Barclay House – Baltimore, MD [info]
5/09/2015 Plaza Del Sol – Norfolk, VA
5/10/2015 Nice Price Books – Raleigh, NC [info]
5/12/2015 Uncle Lou’s – Orlando, FL [info]
5/13/2015 A-Space – Gainesville, FL [info]
5/14/2015 529 – Atlanta, GA [info]
5/15/2015 Betty’s Grill – Nashville, TN [info]
5/16/2015 Mono – Birmingham, AL [info]
5/17/2015 Sluggo’s – Pensacola, FL [info]
5/18/2015 Spitfire – New Orleans, LA [info]
5/19/2015 Black Barbie – Houston, TX [info]
5/20/2015 Paper Tiger – San Antonio, TX
5/21/2015 TBA – Austin, TX
5/22/2015 Padaneria Chitchen-Itza – Dallas, TX [info]
5/23/2015 Sound Pony – Tulsa, OK [info]
5/24/2015 TBA – Oklahoma City, OK
5/26/2015 Gary’s Place – Tucson, AZ [info]
5/27/2015 Time Out Lounge – Phoenix, AZ [info]
5/28/2015 Mods – Tijuana, MX [info]
5/29/2015 Tower Bar – San Diego, CA
5/30/2015 Blacklight District – Long Beach, CA [info]
5/31/2015 American Legion – Baldwin Park, CA (early show) [info]
5/31/2015 East 7th – Las Angeles, CA (late show)
6/01/2015 East Side Joes – Las Vegas, NV
6/02/2015 Music Garage – Salt Lake City, UT [info]
6/04/2015 East Wing – Kansas City, MO [info]
6/05/2015 Hideout – Omaha, NE [info]
6/06/2015 Riverboat House – Minneapolis, MN [info]
6/07/2015 Wisco – Madison, WI
6/08/2015 Frank’s Power Plant – Milwaukee, WI [info]
6/09/2015 2040 – Chicago, IL [info]
6/10/2015 Last House On The Left – Cincinnati, OH [info]
6/11/2015 Rock Room – Pittsburgh, PA
6/12/2015 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
6/13/2015 BBQ – Buffalo, NY

 

Now in the webstore: BOSS KONG “The Humans Soundtrack Volume II” 7″ on gold vinyl!

May 05 2015

mbl173Now in the webstore: BOSS KONG The Humans Soundtrack Volume II  7″ on gold vinyl.

These are one-time-only, insanely limited edition pressings of a special  7″ from Bakersfield, California’s BOSS KONG  for Record Store Day 2015. The band performs exclusive, brand new material for this release as a tie-in/crossover with Image Comics.

More information on this release is available here.

You can order now on:
• Limited Gold vinyl

This single features two songs:
01. Ride to Die
02. Viet Kong

Whenever possible, please support your local record store by obtaining this record in person. And, if that’s not possible:

• United States: copies of the LP are available now in the webstore.
• Canada/World: copies of the LP are available now from Dischord Direct.
• Stores/Distributors: please get your copies from Cobraside Distribution.

Now in the webstore: IDES OF GEMINI “Carthage” b/w “Strange Fruit” 7″ on clear and black vinyl!

May 05 2015

mbl188-clear mbl188-blackNow in the webstore: IDES OF GEMINI Carthage b/w Strange Fruit  7″ on clear and black vinyl.

These are one-time-only pressings of a special  7″ from Los Angeles, California’s IDES OF GEMINI  for Record Store Day 2015. The band performs exclusive, brand new material for this release. Side A features “Carthage,” an original song, and side B features an absolutely mind-blowing arrangement of the classic poem/standard “Strange Fruit”

More information on this release is available here.

You can order now on:

• Limited Black vinyl
• Limited Clear vinyl

This single features two songs:

01. Carthage
02. Strange Fruit

Whenever possible, please support your local record store by obtaining this record in person. You can also pick up the single directly from the band at their shows. And, if that’s not possible:

• United States: copies of the LP are available now in the webstore.
• Canada/World: copies of the LP are available now from Dischord Direct.
• Stores/Distributors: please get your copies from Cobraside Distribution.

Now in the webstore: BLACK MARE & LYCIA “Split” 7″ on grey and black vinyl

May 05 2015

mbl184-grey mbl184-blackNow in the webstore: BLACK MARE & LYCIA split 7″ on grey swirl and black vinyl.

These are one-time-only pressings of a special split 7″ from Los Angeles, California’s BLACK MARE (Sera Timms from IDES OF GEMINI’s solo project backed by a host of friends) and Mesa, Arizona’s legendary darkwave pioneers LYCIA for Record Store Day 2015. Both bands perform exclusive, brand new material for this release.

More information on this release is available here.

You can order now on:

• Limited Black vinyl
• Limited Clear vinyl

This single features two songs:

01. Low Crimes (by BLACK MARE)
02. Silver Leaf (by LYCIA)

Whenever possible, please support your local record store by obtaining this record in person. And, if that’s not possible:

• United States: copies of the LP are available now in the webstore.
• Canada/World: copies of the LP are available now from Dischord Direct.
• Stores/Distributors: please get your copies from Cobraside Distribution.

Now in the webstore: BOSS KONG “The Humans Soundtrack Volume II” 7″ + THE HUMANS “Volume I” graphic novel (SIGNED) bundle!

May 05 2015

1humansvol1Now in the webstore: BOSS KONG The Humans Soundtrack Volume II 7″ + The Humans Volume I graphic novel (bundle!)

We’ve only got three of these left at the time this was being written.

First up, you get the ultra-limited BOSS KONG 7″ on gold vinyl, which was previously only available in record stores for Record Store Day 2015.  On top of that, you’ll get a copy of The Humans Volume I graphic novel from Image Comics, signed by creators Tom Neely and Keenan Marshall Keller.

This is a webstore exclusive, not available in stores.

Pick up your bundle now.

Now in the webstore: NY IN 64 “NY64″ debut CD!

May 05 2015

1nyin64cdNow in the webstore: NY IN 64 NY64 CD.

This is the debut album from an instrumental New Jersey quartet comprised of Seth Rheam, Chris Alfano, Justin Hock, and Thomas Schlatter of EAST OF THE WALL and YOU & I (among many other bands).

Whenever possible, please support your local record store by obtaining this record in person. And if that’s not possible:
• United States: copies of the LP are available now in the webstore.
• Canada/World: copies of the LP are available now from Dischord Direct.
• Stores/Distributors: please get your copies from Cobraside Distribution.

IDES OF GEMINI: “Carthage” streaming now at Cvlt Nation

Apr 23 2015

Today, IDES OF GEMINI, in cooperation with the sound sergeants at Cvlt Nation, are pleased to undrape the shimmering sounds of “Carthage.” The trio’s latest hymn comes by way of a two-song seven-inch featuring “Carthage” and a stunning cover of Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit,” released via Magic Bullet Records this past weekend in commemoration of Record Store Day.

The lingering tones of “Carthage” inhabit Side A. Commencing with a doomy, acoustic summoning of the spirits of a barren world,  the band goes full tilt into their eclectic brand of overdriven power and command, charging onward and upward through forest and sky, dragging the doomed, sorrowful carcass of humanity itself into light. Written and recorded during Old World New Wave (Neurot/Sige) sessions, the track offers another brilliant moment in the band’s beautifully evolving sound.

Issues Cvlt Nation: “‘Carthage’ feels like I am journeying into another dimension of time; the pounding beat laying the foundation for the haunting vocals and sweeping riffs. What leads this song more than anything is Sera Timms, sounding more powerful than ever. You know when you watch Vikings and you secretly wish you could be in their world? Well, Timms’ voice against Kelly Johnston-Gibson’s rhythmic drums make me imagine I’m a jarl about to lead my band on a Viking in Saxon territory.”

Take in the audio alchemy of “Carthage,” courtesy of Cvlt Nation at THIS LOCATION.

The Carthage/Strange Fruit seven-inch is currently available on limited black wax or clear wax HERE. Desirers of the digitals visit Magic Bullet’s BandCamp page HERE or iTunes HERE.

ANCIENT VVISDOM: New Video Now Playing At Revolver; Tour With Sólstafir Begins

Apr 23 2015

Today, Revolver Magazine offers up the video accompaniment to the track “We Are Damnation,” from occult death rock/folk metal dealers, ANCIENT VVISDOM. The infectious hymn comes by way of the band’s Sacrificial long player, released last year via Magic Bullet Records.

The haunting, silent-film-styled clip was captured by Edmonton-based illustrator, Richard Lukacs, and truly brings to life the inner demons of band leader, Nathan Opposition who offers, “An ancient cult delivered this to me as an offering to the end of the world. We call upon the forces of evil and release this plague unto you.”

Enter damnation, courtesy of Revolver Magazine, at THIS LOCATION.

The video premiere comes in conjunction with ANCIENT VVISDOM’s North American tour supporting atmospheric Icelandic metallers, Sólstafir. The ceremonies commence tomorrow, April 22nd, in Brooklyn and will blanket twenty-five cities, the journey coming to a close on May 20th in Richmond.

ANCIENT VVISDOM w/ Sólstafir:
4/22/2015 The Shop – Brooklyn, NY
4/23/2015 L’ail’ze – Montreal, QC
4/24/2015 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
4/25/2015 Garrison – Toronto, ON
4/26/2015 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
4/27/2015 31st St Pub – Pittsburgh, PA
4/28/2015 Ace Of Cups – Columbus, OH
4/29/2015 Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI
4/30/2015 TBA – Milwaukee, WI
5/01/2015 Nether Bar – Minneapolis, MN
5/03/2015 Reggies – Chicago, IL
5/04/2015 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
5/05/2015 Larimer – Denver, CO
5/06/2015 Bar Deluxe – Salt Lake City, UT
5/08/2015 The Pin – Spokane, WA
5/09/2015 Rickshaw – Vancouver, BC
5/10/2015 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
5/12/2015 Oakland Opera – San Francisco, CA
5/13/2015 Los Globos – Los Angeles, CA
5/14/2015 Pub Rock Live – Scottsdale, AZ
5/15/2015 Sister – Albuquerque, NM
5/16/2015 Sons Of Hermann – Fort Worth, TX
5/17/2015 Red 7 – Austin, TX
5/18/2015 One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA
5/20/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA

ANCIENT VVISDOM will be touting psalms from their Sacrificial full-length. Produced by founding vocalist Opposition, engineered by Travis Bonner at The Diamond Factory Studios in Austin and mastered by Paul Logus (Anthrax, Clutch, Hellyeah, Shadows Fall et al) at Taloowa Mastering, Sacrificial finds the collective at once melodic and catchy conjuring dark, penetrating neofolkian hymns of iniquity. Thematically, Sacrificial delves further into Opposition’s personal ascent into the unanticipated enlightenment of exploring humanity’s universal darkness. Whereas traditional lore dealing with the occult, paganism, and Satan himself tends to be heavy-handed (and often synonymous with a proverbial descent away from any sort of positive self-affirmation), Sacrificial spins a slant wherein “down” becomes “up.” In Opposition’s world, confronting one’s own demons and humanity’s primordial penchant toward chaos and destructive ritual will ultimately pass each seeker through a threshold unto which deeper knowledge, sage wisdom, and self-realization envelop one’s consciousness. ANCIENT VVISDOM’s Sacrificial is out now on Magic Bullet Records. Order yours today at THIS LOCATION.

BOSS KONG Lets The Humans Soundtrack Vol. II Loose With Exclusive Stream And Feature At Decibel Magazine

Apr 23 2015

Having punished the humans with their rightful ways through initial warnings, primate biker horde, BOSS KONG, has successfully infiltrated the populous with The Humans Soundtrack Vol. II for Record Store Day. While the vinyl incarnation of the recordings on this platter is about to become extinct, the full 7” has been put on antagonistic display for the ditch-dredgers of humanity to endure courtesy of Decibel Magazine.

A segment of the brief Decibel interrogation of simian masterfuck of BOSS KONG, focusing specifically on the B-side Vietnam flashback single, “Viet Kong,” sees the brave mag scribe inquiring, “Who’s worse, music critics or the Vietcong?” Kong’s reply cuts to the dead heart of the matter, offering, “Not much difference, is there? They both pop out of their little holes when you least expect it and try to shoot you in the face. And they’re all Communists.”

Get your full dose of the BOSS KONG cross-examination and the full The Humans Soundtrack Vol. II via the cross-species investigators at Decibel Magazine at THIS LOCATION.

Once its wax supplies are sold out, The Humans Soundtrack Vol. II is out of print in a physical incarnation, but Bandcamp downloads can be placed HERE, and the remaining mailorder physical copies HERE.

The Humans Soundtrack Volume II 7” was created solely for Record Store Day 2015 in a limited, one-time-only run of orange/gold vinyl, the bloody slab’s exclusive cover art and insert art created by creator Tom Neely (Henry and Glenn Forever) for extra scene points. Fans of Boris, Deathspell Omega, and Sonic Youth, this sounds nothing fucking like that. Set in the late 1960s/early ‘70s, “The Humans” is a book about an all-simian biker gang from Bakersfield, California, drinking, fighting, and fucking their way through the turbulent world around them. BOSS KONG is one of the book’s more popular, interesting characters and this installment of the soundtrack series tells tales from the perspective of an ape that’s seen inhumanities both abroad and on the home front. Voiced by a mystery metal figurehead and performed by a cast of mystery stoner rockers, part of the fun of this 7” is trying to figure out who’s behind the music itself. Once revisiting the glory days, two new hash-pipe nightmare rocker jams await, spreading the rampaging demoralization of the Tet Offensive onto coked-up mullet debauchery on The Humans Soundtrack Volume II, like Ponyboy Curtis ten years after he went from gold to crushed Milwaukee aluminum, now leading the outcasts from the Planet Of The Apes into full-on bar-brawl burnout turf of the metal underworld.

BOSS KONG: Bloody Disgusting Debuts “Viet Kong” Single; Magic Bullet Preps 7” For Record Store Day As Simian Slaughter Unfolds

Apr 18 2015

Magic Bullet Records’ latest label acquisition — the simian mercenaries known as BOSS KONG – launch the full-on offensive of The Humans Soundtrack Vol. II tomorrow as an official Record Store Day release, but skirmish has broken out early, and the invasion of the “Viet Kong” has begun, raging through the frontline defenses intent on pillaging your village.

Charlie runs wild through the jungle dawn, Shovel mass graves for the Viet Kong.
Charlie runs thick as the day is long, Gonna get stabbed by the Viet Kong.
Ripping out throats in the hot Mekong, Don’t get fucked by the Viet Kong.
M-60s pierce the night, Special Forces & firefight. Cut loose & cut off heads, Put those Viet Kong to bed.

Early reports on the carnage come in courtesy of Bloody Disgusting, with the ape-drape savagery of BOSS KONG’s “Viet Kong” now playing HERE.

The Humans Soundtrack Volume II 7” was created solely for Record Store Day 2015 in a limited, one-time-only run of orange/gold vinyl, the bloody slab’s exclusive cover art and insert art created by creator Tom Neely (Henry and Glenn Forever) for extra scene points. Fans of Boris, Deathspell Omega, and Sonic Youth, this sounds nothing fucking like that. Bandcamp preorders are HERE, and mailorder HERE.

Set in the late 1960s/early ‘70s, “The Humans” is a book about an all-simian biker gang from Bakersfield, California, drinking, fighting, and fucking their way through the turbulent world around them. BOSS KONG is one of the book’s more popular, interesting characters and this installment of the soundtrack series tells tales from the perspective of an ape that’s seen inhumanities both abroad and on the home front. Voiced by a mystery metal figurehead and performed by a cast of mystery stoner rockers, part of the fun of this 7” is trying to figure out who’s behind the music itself. Once revisiting the glory days, two new hash-pipe nightmare rocker jams await, spreading the rampaging demoralization of the Tet Offensive onto coked-up mullet debauchery on The Humans Soundtrack Volume II, like Ponyboy Curtis ten years after he went from gold to crushed Milwaukee aluminum, now leading the outcasts from the Planet Of The Apes into full-on bar-brawl burnout turf of the metal underworld.

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